NRL 2022: Souths coach punches players between the eyes after loss

An upset loss to the Broncos earned the South Sydney players a cake from their manager.

South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou criticized his lackluster players for playing as individuals in Thursday’s upset loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

Demetriou cited a lack of commitment from his men as the key reason behind the Rabbitohs’ 32-12 loss at Accor Stadium, as they were overwhelmed by former star running back Adam Reynolds.

The South Sydney manager didn’t bother to sugarcoat his team’s performance after they suffered their fifth loss of the year.

Last year’s runners-up were out-eager, out-thinking and ultimately beaten by the Reynolds-led Broncos, suffering their worst loss of an up-and-down season.

“I just don’t think we were really here to win the game,” said a disappointed Demetriou.

“We didn’t want to dive into fumbles or commit to catches and started doing things individually instead of sticking to what works for us.

“Our areas of effort were pretty poor.”

Reynolds captained the Broncos and in the first game against his club for 10 years, but Demetriou said he was allowed to play well.

“It was as good as it had to be. He was able to kick the ball with his front foot the whole time… we didn’t put a lot of pressure on him.

“We gave them 18 points without defending kicks or (giving up) an interception attempt.

“I thought sometimes we were quite disjointed and lacked a little bit of strength.”

Rabbitohs skipper Cam Murray said of Reynolds: “He was always going to be up for facing his old club and we just didn’t have any answers.”

Souths could finish the ninth round outside the top eight, while the Broncos are now sixth with three straight wins.

Reynolds, who was fired by Souths when the veteran was only offered one-year extensions, said he was “glad” the clash with his old team, and the entire week before it, was over.

“I’m glad the week is over,” Reynolds said.

“I’m sick of seeing my head in the headlines and my name in the stories.

“The fact that we are improving as a team is more important than my own performance. I’m excited about what we’ve been building.”

Originally published as South Sydney manager Jason Demetriou furious at selfish players after loss to Broncos.

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